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Best of EDEN 2011 (Click here to see the articles)

One of the important missions of EDEN is to support the exchange of academic and professional experience, to promote navigation and information reach on the rapidly evolving scene.

EDEN is organising since 1992 annual European conferences for open, distance and e-learning and also bi-annual thematic research workshops and Open Classroom conferences on learning innovation for school level e-learning.

The EDEN conferences have become major events in Europe, with increasing attendance from other continents. They are based on collecting best practice: the papers presented and published in the Proceedings have been serving as relevant resources for the professional community.

The integrating approach of the conferences helps to consolidate the knowledge and to build the international community of professionals. EDEN conferences have been useful in capitalising on the knowledge of proficient actors and also in assisting in the introduction of newcomers.

Research in open, distance and e-learning is indispensable to provide information for development, decision-making and quality of products and services. Even more this is the case as many changes occur and the pace as well as the extent of innovation often seem to be dramatically fast and wide.

The EDEN Best Research Paper Award was launched in 2008. And it is granted at EDEN’s Annual Conferences as well as at EDEN’s bi-annual Research Workshops. A high quality standard selection process guarantees the branding of the award for scholarly conference papers in the field of open, distance and e-learning.

The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning and is supported by a Jury, nominated by the Foundation and approved by the EDEN Executive Committee.

The finalists of the Best Research Paper Award Competition at the EDEN 2011 Annual Conference in Dublin in June have been invited to further elaborate and re-submit their contributions. The present selection contains the enhanced versions of these papers and few more selected excellent articles published in EURODL in 2011.

In co-operation with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation, our aim is to launch this tradition in order to provide visibility to quality research on the field.

Dr Andras Szucs
Secretary General, EDEN



e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, MOOCs, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, interaction, learning management system, LMS,

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